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Tourists and children research Waitakere

Media Release

21 December 2005

Tourists and children research Waitakere

Tourists and children are researching Waitakere Online, the community-led portal launched in June 2004 administered by Waitakere City Council.

Just released six-monthly statistics show most people visiting the site want to know where Waitakere is in the Auckland Region, indicating tourists are looking beyond Auckland's CBD for adventures.

In addition, children researching Waitakere are also checking it out, indicated by the busiest hour of the day being between three and four pm.

The site had 611, 855 hits over the six months (24,000 visits), with four thousand visits per month.

Ninety-three percent of visitors were using Microsoft Internet Explorer to explore the site while over eighty percent were running a Windows 2000 platform configuration.

Google was the search engine most referred from with seventy-eight percent of visits.

The greatest percentage of visits occurred between the work hours of 8am and 5pm.

Waitakere City Council representative on the Waitakere Online Editorial Board, Councillor Linda Cooper says that the investment in ICT infrastructure the Council has made is evident in recent statistics that indicate Waitakere is one of the most connected cities in New Zealand per capita.

Over two hundred visitors linked through to the portal via a resident's blog site of Oratia.

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